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. american airlines and u.s. airways agreeing to a merger, they would become the world's biggest airline. >> in south africa, an olympic sprinter and double amputee has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman. good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 14. i am scott thuman. >> i am cynne simpson. let's get to meteorologist jacqui jeras on this valentine's day. >> happy valentine's day, everybody. we got an inch of snow or less across the area. just a trace at reagan national. i cannot even see anything on the grass. germantown had an inch as well as winchester. just shy of an inch in wgaithersburg. most of its stock to the grassy areas. temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. watch for slick spots on the roadways this morning especially if they are elevated. 35 degrees at reagan national. a beautiful day to look forward to. lots of sunshine with a high around 49 degrees. a big cooldown for the weekend. the seven-day forecast is minutes away. first, jamee? >> i needed to scrape my window. so little extra time is needed for that. watch for slick spots especially brid
. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the nine justices of the u.s. supreme court pondered a central piece of civil rights legislation today. at issue: whether it's still needed, 48 years after it first became law. >> we are not there yet! >> brown: georgia congressman and civil rights leader john lewis was one of many who rallied outside the court this morning for the voting rights act. they were there on a day the justices heard a challenge to a key section of the law: it requires states with a history of discrimination-- mainly in the deep south-- to get federal approval, or pre- clearance, before changing voting procedures or districts. lewis argued the provision-- known as "section five"-- must be preserved. >> there are still forces in this country that want to take us back to another period, but we're not going back. we've come too far. we've made too much progress to go back. the literacy test may be gone; but people are using other means, other tactics and techniques. so we still need section 5 and that's why we are here today standing up fo
's ceremony unveiling a statue of civil rights pioneer rosa parks in the u.s. capitol. >> she lived a life of activism but also a life of dignity and grace. and in a single moment with the simplest of gestures she helped change america and change the world. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> support also comes from >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the nine justices of the u.s. supreme court pondered a central piece of civil rights legislation today. at issue: whether it's still needed, 48 years after it first became law. >> we are not there yet! >> brown: georgia congressman and civil rights leader john lewis was one of many who rallied outside the court this morning for the voting rights act. they were there on a day the justices heard a challenge to a key section of the law: it requires states with a hist
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to the u.s. department of health and human services that if they assume the responsibility for the individual exchange and that includes the web site portalforindividuals, including the tax credits. further, we would say that because utah is doing the business portion of the business , that there's no need to have a federal exchange doing the business. so we have a clear line of demark occasion. we are going to do the business and the federal government will do the individual side of this and see if we cannot, in fact, co-exist peacefully here and provide that to the marketplace. there are details yet to be worked out and putting this together and making sure that we are doing this in an appropriate way. but i was gratified and encouraged, when i met with secretary see bell yuss -- sebelius today, that they will look at it and see if there is something we can agree upon. the phrase she used was, i would like to find a way to get to yes. so i'm cautiously optimistic and have a ways to go and will be meeting with them in the next couple of weeks to bring closure to this issue
to make this country mad? canada has made it clear that it could retaliate against the u.s. do we need to be worried about this? >> that is a great question. they are part of nafta. most of americans do not realize that our number one trading partner is not china, it is canada. i just really do not understand the rationale of not building this. it was the first reason that president obama gave. now, i see no reason, other than kowtowing to the very radical environmentalists and not bringing this to america. dagen: thank you very much. steve moore from the "wall street journal." thanks again. >> thank you, dagen. dagen: let's take a look at the u.s. dollar. trading down versus other major currencies today. agreeing not to target the exchange rates of world currencies. concerns that competitive devaluation could spark a currency war. let's just say, g20 kind of poo-poo'd this. are we not the biggest culprit through the federal reserve of weakening the dollar? >> well, with the federal reserve, their quantitative easing program has been having side effects. i think it is important to reco
address january 24th of last year, just weeks after the last u.s. troops had left iraq for the last time. in the run-up to this year's state of the union address, just this weekend, the weekend before the first state of the union of president obama's second term, this is what happened in afghanistan. this is the change of command ceremony in afghanistan. general john allen handing over command of u.s. and international troops in afghanistan to a new commander, to general joseph dunford. this is the 14th time that command has transferred in the afghanistan war, because that war has been going on for that long. general john allen is out as commander. he is handing over the leadership. if all goes as planned, general dunford is going to be the last person to have this job. he will be the 15th of 15 u.s. commanding generals for this war in afghanistan. as such, a substantial portion of what he'll be responsible for as commander will be leaving, the huge logistical feat of getting us after fighting there for 12 years. is that going to be a focal point of tomorrow's state of the union address?
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
the fire on the carnival cruise ship triumph. yesterday, the u.s. coast guard said the fire started in front of a generator in the main engine crime. that fire left the cruise liner without power for five days with 4200 people on board. investigators say it could take up to a year to determine what exactly caused the fire. despite that initial report from the coast guard, congress says it still wants answers into the cruise ship disaster. hours after the triumph was towed to alabama, senator jay rockefeller september a letter to the -- sent a letter to the coast guard, demanding a review of the incident and similar incidents in the last six years. the senator says there might be a larger safety issue that needs to be reviewed involving large passenger vehicles. >>> and when congress returns next week, they will only have four days for the sequester. coming up, the automatic budget cuts here for california. >>> why facebook's tax bill is zero. in fact, the social media giant will get a huge refund. >>> and what russian scientists are finding after friday's meteor explosion and the ne
's approaching. >>> new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran releasing data that it claims it hacked from a drone. we'll have a live report ahead. >>> governor chris christie has some harsh words for a doctor who said she was afraid he would die in office. he says come see him or zip it. >> until that time, she should shut up. >> new details about lance armstrong's efforts to get back into the game. >>> and it's confirmed, the federal reserve was hacked. is our banking system secure enough? >>> among our guests this morning, janet robinson, a superintendent of the newtown public schools. anna deveer smith from the actress from nurse jackie is working with mayors against illegal guns. she'll join us to talk about this project. and saru jayaraman is exposing secrets of restaurants around the country. plus richard simmons joins us to talk about his new project too. it's thursday, february 7th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning is bracing for the big one. right now there's a blizzard watch in effect for parts of new england. there'
police officers murdered -- injured, i should say, wolf. now back to you. >> he was a u.s. navy reserve lieutenant and we are told in the navy he was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, according to his navy records. he was fired by the police department of los angeles four years ago. do we know what triggered four years later this rampage? >> reporter: well, he he brought up charges against an officer saying that this officer kicked a homeless man. it was determined later, according to police reports, that these charges were false by dorner. after a while, he was subsequently fired and he refers to that time and time again in his manifesto as the reason that he would wage a vendetta against officers, wolf. >> do we know what he's been doing for the last four years since he was fired from the lapd? >> reporter: unclear from this side in riverside. >> paul vercammen. thank you. we're going to stay on top of this story during our 6:00 p.m. hour. we're going to speak with chief police moose who was linked to the d.c. sniper. >>> let's move to today's dramatic confrontation up on c
's on capitol hill. >> there could be, but for now, nothing going. a couple votes in the u.s. senate. a democratic vote to replace cuts in ten years, but the pay fors and cuts take a decade, including a 30% minimum tax rate for income amounts of over $5 million. as a republican plan, allows flexibility for the president to go and fill in the spending cuts from elsewhere in the budget. neither proposal will pass. the president meets with congressional leaders tomorrow at the white house. the rest of congress out at that point when spending cuts, automatic spending cuts begin tomorrow. leaders skeptical saying it's just a foe toll opportunity. -- photo opportunity. no deal, but voting is this afternoon. dagen: thank you. as we edge closer to the deadline, the impact of the cuts on the economy, on the market, could they be more drastic than investors bet on? to break it down, a professor at the international business schools, jeremy hills in studio with me, managing director at tf marketing advisers. katherine, will the impact on the economy, an economy only growing one-tenth of a perce
're seeing red arrows on the board. most notably the euro hitting a one-week low against the u.s. dollar. in asia, china up eighth straight session. nikkei highest level since september of 2008. disney set to open at record highs. strength in media networks. word that it's planning films based on "star wars" characters. >>> zynga, revenues continue to fall and the social gaming company said 2013 would be profitable. >>> company seeing momentum in america's improvement in europe and big margin gains for 2013 for ralph lauren. >>> the post office could be eliminating or cutting back deliveries on saturday. we'll explain. they carry the official announcement at 10:00 a.m. this morning. >>> we start with disney. shares rising pre-market, set to open at all-time highs at fiscal fourth quarter profits beat the markets. growing attendance at the theme parks. real news came during bob iger's interview with our own julia boorstin. >> in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. larry kazden and simon ginberg are working on films derived on "star wars" characters that are not part of the ov
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administ
and what it means for u.s. international security tonight on "world news" and "nightline." >>> meanwhile, back here at home, new details about a potential motive in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. adam lanza may have been competing with another serial killer. "the hartford courant" newspaper found articles about the killing spree in norway, who bombed buildings at a youth camp, killing 77 people. the investigation is still ongoing. any theory is still specktive. >>> and new information on what left the carnival cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico last week. the coast guard now blames a leak in a pipeline that connects a fuel tank to one of the ship's engines. investigators say oil dripped on a hot surface and caught fire. >>> in business news. a potential megamerger. office max and office depot, are talking about a merger. struggle to compete against staples and other big retailers, like costco. >>> and finally, talk about the most remarkable special delivery. the odds are 1 in 70 million. a woman in texas has given birth to two sets of identical twins on the same day,
:00 eastern and our companion network, c-span. the u.s. senate is not in today as democrats and republicans continue their policy retreat. lawmakers will return tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to continue work on a bill to reauthorize and the violence against women act. you can see this and that live here on c-span2. the u.s. house is in session. members passed a bill requiring president obama to submit a balanced budget to congress. the vote was 253-167. the house is done with less with a work for the wheat. members will be out the next couple of days. democratic members can attend their retreat. follow live on c-span when members return next week. coming up, live as a group of republican national security leaders from the house and senate armed services committee holds a press briefing to discuss averting defense sequestration. live coverage at 145 eastern here on c-span2. until then, yesterday a bipartisan group of house members introduced a new bill that would make gun trafficking a federal crime. that would also penalize straw purchasers who buy guns for convicted felons are prohibited from buyi
those spending cuts from going into effect because gdp wouldn't take a hit. that means growth in the u.s. couldn't take a hit. as far as what else is propelling stocks higher, mergers and acquisitions going on, media, even in the office services area, office depot, office max, possibly talking about a tie-up themselves. that is certainly giving some momentum to stocks and giving investors a little bit of oo mph to buy into the stock. who knows if it will stick. >> alison, thank you. >> sure. >>> thank you for keeping me company here at cnn as i was in for brooke baldwin. i want to take you to "the situation room" with wolf blitzer because he starts right now. and let's take a look at the "closing bell." you heard alison kosik say we're not going to hit the 14,164 today but we there is a lot going on in washington with the sequester and we have to hope that we are going to be seeing these kinds of numbers, wolf. we certainly hope it for a long time. but depending on what -- depending on what washington does, we'll have to see if it sticks. wolf blitzer? >>> thanks very much. happening now
between american airlines and u.s. airways. melissa: the hottest thing on the nasdaq stock exchange may be the nasdaq itself. charlie gasparino is here as they talk to go private. lori: without any further ado, let's get you updated on the markets. we are joined by lauren simonetti. >> i want to particularly take a look at goldman sachs right now. hitting a new annual high. the investment bank says that equity markets kind of went too fast. they will slow down a little bit on their global theme. however, maintain will be tough. it is just too hard to maintain. we have the strongest start since the 1990s. melissa: oil prices rising for the first time in days. fox business contributor phil flynn is our man in the pits of the cme. >> what a reversal. oil prices were below $95 a barrel. everyone thought that they would start coming back down. a lot of focus, of course, a lot of talk about these currency wars. they have a major impact on the price of crude oil. we do not think that the euro is too strong and anyone who wants to tell us otherwise, you will have a problem. we rallied in a few
claiming his death proves they were absolutely justified in passing legislation banning u.s. nationals from adopting any more russian children. they did that at the end of last year. partly in response to u.s. legislation, targeting russian human rights abusers. but also because of concerns held for a long time here by russian officials who say they are worried about the way russian orphans are treated in the united states. supporters of the adoption ban claim since the 1990s 19 other russian children have died after being adopted by americans. the russian government says it is very concerned about the welfare of russian orphans and says 60,000 have are been adopted over the last 20 years. the adoption ban is one of the key reasons why relations between the united states and russia are the worst that they have been in a long time. a line of politicians here and officials have responded to the death of this 3-year-old boy by effectively saying, we told you so. phil black, cnn, russia. >>> european scandal over mislabeled meat keeps getting big der. details of the latest recall foods where tr
is considering whether to urge the u.s. supreme court to overturn a state ban on gay marriage. it has until february 28th to intervene. california voters approved a ballot initiative in 2008. that overturned state supreme court decision allowing a marriage. 29 other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. nine states and washington, d.c. recognize same-sex marriage. >> here is a live look at the san mateo bridge. we are looking a sunny skies for today a cold start especially in places in the north bay once again. we will be right back with more. the time now is 4:08. @÷ >> researchers are concerned about a fish that is turning into a new threat to the ecology of lake tahoe. >> biologist with the university of nevada-reno says they're fighting a growing number of giant goldfish in the lake. while officials have been working for years trying to keep the lake's water crystal clear, searchers said the discovery of gold fishes were is because they allot and excrete nutrients. those nutrients stimulates algae growth. some of the goldfish have even grow to 18 in.. it is not cl
the collapse of euro and connection with the u.s., first the u.s. has a lot of investment in europe, so, i mean, these kind of uncertainty, they trigger and they spill out, but there is another big thing. and the u.s. based a lot of kind of prospective growth on experts and when you don't export. when the countries are buying your stuff are doing really, really badly, that's another kind of channel for trouble for us. >> and one last one. i'm told that austerity is the result of spending cuts in europe. is that accurate? >> hardly. hardly. i mean, there are some countries who actually cut spending a little bit, but these countries have also overwelcomingly increased taxes. >> that's it. it's a tax increase as opposed to a spending cut produced this misery? >> and by the way, alberto al seena of harvard and some of the co-authors have shown this is the worst way to reduce debt to gdp ratio. this balanced approach, the president likes, the mix-up can prevent spending cuts, but absolutely real tax increases. stuart: veronique de rugy, you make a lot of sense. you'll be back. and nicole? >> macy's,
. in mexico, there's a walmart and you always remember the global reach. but it is still very much a u.s.-based company. we are exporting a lot of gasoline to other countries because, like the mismatch of where the oil is versus the refiners are, there's a tremendous mismatch of where the refiners are versus where both coasts we need refined products. so it is a degree of art fishlty. it's funny because it comes at a time when people are thinking about the keystone pipeline. these are different issues. and the keystone pop line obviously brings oil, not refined product. but when you see all that refined product going overseas that we make, there should be a bit of outrage. you don't know who who to direct it to. the president right now is not a friend of fossil fuels. >> today in the journal, arguing that he might say yes to keystone. so that trend could change. but on the consumer, january numbers for retailers in general were pretty good, shortened month, though. >> many people don't get their paychecks until the end of the month. maybe walmart internal e-mail, you know, that certainly
this document to be filed in the u.s. attorney in washington d.c. and it has to do with the allegation over misuse of campaign funds. the investigation also takes in his wife sandy in chicago who served as his campaign manager. >> lynn sweet, thank you very much. much more coming up. also, we'll hear from the president in chicago. i'm brooke baldwin. listen to jim acosta in for wolf in washington. hey, jim. >>> thanks, brooke. happening now, look up in the sky. a fireball and a shocking reminder that planet earth is spinning around in a very unpredictable neighborhood. back on dry land and already heading to court, we have details of the first lawsuit filed by a passenger who says the cruise line's negligence turned their vacation into a nightmare. >>> and the "blade runner" goes to court and cries uncontrollably. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you're in the situation room. we are starting in chicago where right now president obama's about to take the stage to talk about two of the top priorities from his state of the union speech, jobs and guns. we expect him to connect the nee
as a community organizer. he would become a state legislator and u.s. senator. the connection is great. he still has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union and put it on the ground where the people are and where the situations require it and, of course, south side of chicago is a place where urban violence is very much a foot. however, there's going to be the looming question, are you just giving your speech or are you going to make good on the promises here where you call home? a lot of people are so happy to see the president but they will be even more happy if these words turn into
the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better. there's a lot of --
. this gross disparity cannot be attributed to u.s. be more violent or crime-ridden generally because our rates of non-fatal crime and adolescent fighting our average among high-income countries. most of the difference is likely due to the weaknesses in our law that allow dangerous people to have guns. another claim is that gun control laws don't work because criminals will obey them and will always find a way to get a gun through theft or the illegal market. this faulty logic can be used to argue against the need for any type of law because lawbreakers don't obey laws. the truth is that laws such as background check requirement for all gun sales and other laws to combat gun trafficking help law enforcement to keep guns from prohibited individuals. opponents of gun control point to criminals obtaining guns from the underground market as proof that regulations are pointless. but the weaknesses in current federal firearms laws are the very reason that criminals are able to obtain firearms from those underground sources. data from a national study of state prison inmates indicates that about 80% o
. first the headlines with john berman. >>> sources stress the u.s. is not considering providing weapons to syrian rebels, but will provide nonmilitary supplies. john kerry is discussing changes with european allies this week. >>> in north carolina, the search on for a gunman at coastal carolina university. the school warning people stay indoors. the deadly incident happened last night at a residence hall, not far from myrtle beach. >>> a scare from the university of maine women's basketball team. while traveling to a game in boston last night, the bus went off interstate 95 in massachusetts. coming to a stop on the roadway's shoulder. the bus driver air lifted to a hospital. he may have suffered some kind of medical emergency. four other people injured as well. >>> stunning footage to show you this morning. amateur video for the first time, capturing the moment a hot air blah loon exploded and plumtetted 1,000 feet to earth. 19 people killed when the balloon crashed yesterday. a british tourist in the hospital. the balloon was licensed and operating legal. but sky crews and other compan
.73 across the country. this particular gas station, gas prices are a lot higher, 4.15. as i mentioned, u.s. national average, 3.73. in hawaii, california, higher still, the most expensive place to buy gas right now. 4.28. california not far behind. the cheapest place to buy gas, in wyoming, 3.17. as you mentioned, americans right now spending a lot more money on heating bills, that, of course, means they don't have much money to spare in terms of gas prices, also, we've got taxes going up for a lot of americans. a lot of people seeing paychecks shrink. some taxi drivers, saying they are spending upward of 40, $50, $60 per day. it really is having a huge effect on people. >> what a big mess. thanks, zain appreciate that. >>> jennifer delgado in the weather center this morning with a freeze warning that could spell some serious trouble for florida citrus crops. good morning. >> hi, soledad. the sunshine state needs the sun to come out. temperatures right now still in the mid 20s. we have a hard freeze warning in place anywhere in blue. of course, this is affecting northern and central parts
negotiations over its nuclear program. the u.s. and european officials, however, are skeptical such talks will happen. iran has delayed similar negotiations in the past and is yet to formally commit a delegation to a new round of talks scheduled for later this month. >>> and usa today," several school districts throughout the u.s. are considering a ban on energy drinks such as a-hour energy and red bull. a recent study found emergency room visits linked to such drinks doubled over the past four years. in 2011, the energy drink industry was valued at $8.9 billion. can i just say, anybody feel comfortable -- does anybody drink those thing? >> no. >> kids. >> have you guys ever drank red bull? i've known a few adults -- i know the "morning joe" staff does. >> it's not good for you. >> i've been worried about them. >> morning joe" staff has it on an i.v. drip. >> you ever do red bull? >> i've sampled it. >> i think heilmann has sampled everything at one point in time. >> it's kind of asked and answered. >> it's perfecty legal. >> it is perfectly legal. i would be concerned about my children.
'll back up the camera right here and back up towards the u.s. airways shuttle counter here. this is about the deadest place of the terminal. this is the shuttle for u.s. airways for the shuttle going to boston to new york and newark. these places here not much activity. we caught up to a couple could of people earlier today who had their flights canceled. take a listen. >> we were planning ongoing to buffalo to go up to niagara falls. they canceled the flight and since we were at the airport, we were trying to find a cheap flight to anywhere else since we're here anyway. >> it is what it is. we're trying to figure out where we go next and what we do. because i don't need to be here for the next three days, for sure. >> reporter: people taking a little bit of humor out of the situation but a big inconvenience for thousands of air travelers, of course. the good thing is, be as we mentioned, a lot of them got word early today by calling, by checking the internet, their smartphones, all of that stuff, getting early word about flights being canceled. now, what we did get into as well was the u
suspects planning attacks against the united states. >>> we learned the u.s. was closer to intervening in syria's civil war than previously thought. outgoing secretary leon panetta has said that he and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple dictator bashar al assad. but the white house said no, fearing the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. >>> in florida, a close call for a bartender there. a suv through a front window. quick reaction. jumping over the bar. maybe just saved his life. neither he nor the driver was seriously hurt. >>> finally, a guy that's literally living on the edge. look at this skateboarder. it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. well, the skateboarder in question, big trouble this morning. police are now looking, in fact, to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street in south africa, caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> get out. >> please, don't try that at home. >> yeah. all right. >> 68 miles per hour. they're coming for him. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclus
into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the u.s. by 1990, there were only 12 in operation. today just seven. with usair and american merging we'll be down to six. usair and american don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. in the end, there will be about eight routes out of the 900 or so that will only be served by one airline. susan? >> ali velshi, thank you. cnn "newsroom" continues now with deborah feyerick. deb? >> hey there, susan. looking at that freeze-dried pet thing -- >> not over it. >> we can't exactly figure out what to make of that. thanks so much. enjoy the rest of the afternoon. hi, everyone. 12:00 p.m. on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. on the west. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricka whitfield. if you're just tuning in, thanks for joining us. we have so much coming up for you. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." >>> a surprising announcement at the vatican today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all
under a record 19 inches of snow this morning. good morning, amarillo. >>> a former u.s. surgeon general c. everett koop died at the age of 96. he served from 1982 to 1989 and he elevated the profile of the surgeon general's office. he was instrumental in getting the nation to focus on key health issues such as hiv and aids prevention and he convinced americans to stop smoking. >>> he brought some groans and controversy but seth mcfarland also brought ratings. more than 40 million viewers turned in to watch the academy awards. that's up 3% from last year. it's the second biggest audience in six years. and the key younger 18 to 34 demo which is in john berman's age demographic, that group shot up by 20%. of course, "argo" took home the best picture oscar. now former hostages in iran are hoping the film's high profile will boost the he wases to be paid reparations by iran. the movie told of six people that escaped during the siege. 52 others were held for 444 days in the u.s. embassy. their life on pause. whole nation just waiting. remember the yellow ribbons? the "argo" movie brought back
the southern part of the u.s. a different story. rain and a lot of rain, i'm telling you, thundering all night long, and dealing with a lot of lightning in some parts. this is i big mess in the south. in some locations, anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rainfall. this will last all the way through tuesday. a wider view. ridge of high pressure building through parts of u.s. in the central region, where snow came down. temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees below average, sunny in the southwest. see highs for today. 28 in kansas city. 30s in the northeast. speaking of the northeast, you will see snow working into parts like new hampshire and maine and into massachusetts. we could see a foot or more in higher elevations that starts on saturday. >> all right. jennifer delgado, thank you. >>> new developments about the health of hugo chavez. a government spokesman says chavez is being treated for what is called a respiratory insufficiency. he returned to venezuela on tuesday. the type of cancer he is battling has not been revealed. >>> police on the hunt for a gunman that killed three people. it in
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